Santa Barbara Getaway
This past weekend, I made an impromptu getaway to Santa Barbara. And when I say impromptu, I mean I literally jumped in a taxi to Union Station, bought a ticket on Amtrak and figured out the details of overnight accommodations, transportation, meals and so forth along the way. Sometimes it’s fun to simply wing it.
I’ve visited Santa Barbara a few times before, so I already knew to see the spectacular Santa Barbara Courthouse, ride along the beach to Montecito, grab coffee at The French Press or Handlebar Coffee Roasters (above), enjoy pain au chocolat from Ranaud’s, etc. And luckily, the issue of where to stay fell into place easily…
Hotel Indigo is a delightful boutique property located directly next to the train station for easy and convenient weekend access. It’s in immediate proximity to the tram running up and down State Street, near the best cafes, boutiques, landmarks and, of course, the beach. Our room 209 (above) was extremely clean and well appointed, and the staff is friendly and attentive. A 2pm late checkout request was provided with no hassle and wifi is free (like it should be). Rarely do things come together so easily, but this hotel made spontaneity a cinch.
Though Hotel Indigo provided free beach cruisers for Saturday’s roaming and late night misadventures, we opted to rent bikes at Cranky’s on State Street for a longer ride north to Montecito on Sunday. Catering primarily to locals and avid cyclists, proprietor Jim Cadenhead and his team at Cranky’s were just as happy to help with some slick track bike rentals. Be sure to swing by if you’re in the market for cycling gear or a sweet new Santa Barbara ride.
Also new and recommended after this trip: crab cakes and local IPAs at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company (sit at the bar for banter with the affable staff and for views of the water and ginormous live crabs), good music and drinks at The Pickle Room (an affectionate homage to its longtime previous tenant, Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens restaurant), tasty late night grub at The Blue Owl (the banh mi and fried rice, above, are local favorites, served until 2:30am), and a down and dirty delicious hangover recovery brunch at Esau’s Cafe (affordable, A+ Bloody Marys and an egg scramble that hit the spot). As always, strolls through the Court House and Old Mission offer the best in authentic Spanish architecture and views of this gem of a town. I also suggest visiting on Tuesdays for Santa Barbara’s epic Farmer’s Market, scheduling a few private wine tastings and touring the town’s old old theaters.
Spring 2014 Ad Campaigns: MOMO
This is a great example of a campaign well done. It’s fun, fresh, captures both the product details and the brand values at once. Nice work MOMO!
(Source: Miss Moss)
We Are Tiny: A Photo Series by Randy P. Martin
I don’t require much reminding to hit the road and discover this great big beautiful world. But I still appreciate the message behind this photo series, We Are Tiny, by Randy P. Martin.
(Source: Paperfinger; via Fubiz)
Palm Springs Snaps
I’ve written about my love for Palm Springs before – its many shades of blue, the simple escape it offers from LA’s urban sprawl. Below are a few iPhone snaps from an impromptu getaway last week. So…much…color!!!
Latest 35mm photography by Davis Ayer. Mesmerized by these icy blues and double exposures. The Los Angeles based artist obviously shares a love of chasing light, resulting in images that are beautiful, mysterious, moody…much like LA itself. Definitely have a look at his website and analogue work.
What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful: the willingness to say I love you first, the willingness to do something when there’s no guarantee. I struggle with vulnerability. But this year I resolve to let myself be seen, deeply seen, no matter how weak, ugly or terrifying it may look or feel. Yikes! I feel very vulnerable declaring that.
(Source: ask.fm, rebeccaprus Instagram, dpedde Instagram, bythebrush Instagram)
Today I hopped on my bike to grab a quick coconut kale smoothie at Naturewell and accidentally blew right past the Junction. I don’t know if it’s because it was 80 degrees in LA, because it’s gonna be a good year or because every single person I passed had the biggest smile on their face…but I rode straight for 5 hours like my life depended on it and maybe it did.
Photography by Elena Fortunati of Rome. I’m torn when I see work like this: part of me wants to run to B&H, wildly inspired, and buy an actual camera (that’s not an iPhone). The other part of me wants to throw my hands in the air and just appreciate my role as spectator. Because I’ll never be on this level.
Folks it’s no secret I’m a sucker for collage. It’s such an original and powerful art form — I’m consistently drawn to them at gallery openings, in print and beyond. Ben Giles is well known for his commissions and collaborations, exhibitions, workshops, and features in popular print and online publications. But I felt like sharing his work anyways. Maybe because I’ve been putting in long hours online and getting the itch to grab scissors and make some weird stuff in real life.
Seeing New York with Ann Street Studio
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg of Ann Street Studio are among my favorite artists making images today. I’ve written about Jamie before – and had the pleasure of traveling to Morocco with her last year – but I had to share her latest work featuring Armani eyewear. Jamie herself represents so much of what I love and miss about New York – the romance, the elegance, the classic style – and she captures that in the city here as well. I’ll never tire of their cinemagraphs! Enjoy…and be sure to follow Ann Street Studio if you’re the one person in the world who doesn’t already!
(Source: Ann Street Studio)
Magritte vibes and surreal photography by Gerald Larocque.
At the British Consulate, in Kampala, Uganda, 1984. What a great shot. (Source: manufactoriel, via scenerylabel)
These vintage sunglasses at the Pasadena City College Flea Market really spoke to me. (Source: rebeccaprus Instagram)
I can’t believe there’s a picture of Kate Moss I haven’t seen before!! No idea where it’s from, but the pink hair and black/white optic print feels very right. (Source: katemossisboss)
Chic: the pleating, the blood red, the statuesque beauty who wears it. The Manhattan to wash it down. (Source: Mary Jo We Heart It and La Buena Vida)
Practicing a cherry pie for Thanksgiving. (Source: Pastry Craft)
The perfect shade of pink for a mane. I’m not a big fan of Manic Panic, eye popping magenta locks – this pale pink is just right. (Source: BeautifulDream_ We Heart It)
Succulents give so much, ask so little.
(Source: indi--go, via bauzahaus)
Laure de Sagazan
I can’t say I’ve ever envisioned a certain type of wedding dress, but when Miss Moss posted the latest collection by French designer Laure de Sagazan, I swooned. Graceful, unfussy and utterly timeless, they are some of the most beautiful wedding dresses I’ve ever seen – and the sort you should, indeed, pass along to your daughter…